• Ariana Iseni and Djiwo Grenet

    Ariana Iseni and Djiwo Grenet

  • Payal Sehgal and Amandeep Kaur

    Payal Sehgal and Amandeep Kaur

  • Sarah Malone, Stephanie Zeccola and Genevieve Kelly

    Sarah Malone, Stephanie Zeccola and Genevieve Kelly

  • PJ Gould and Georgina Hickey

    PJ Gould and Georgina Hickey

  • Lisa Ries, Lynda Slarke, Martine Kendal, Senga O'Byrne, Maryke Williams, PJ Gould and Belinda Ayers.

    Lisa Ries, Lynda Slarke, Martine Kendal, Senga O'Byrne, Maryke Williams, PJ Gould and Belinda Ayers.

  • Roberta and Ian McRae

    Roberta and Ian McRae

  • Daniel Sweatman and Kristy Leigh

    Daniel Sweatman and Kristy Leigh

  • Greg Baker and Margaret Mitchell

    Greg Baker and Margaret Mitchell

  • Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Elysia Zeccola

    Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Elysia Zeccola

Italian Film Festival 2014

23 September 2014

The Italian Film Festival 2014 opened at Palace Electric and I want to begin where it finishes with the glorious Sophia Loren in Marriage Italian Style. It is a classic of course and digitally restored for today’s cinemas Sophia will show those luscious lips, perfect cheekbones and extraordinary eyes that made her a star that today’s botoxed beauties can only dream about. So for a rewind of the cinematic kind book for the closing night film on Wednesday 15 October.
In the meantime we have a must see collection in a program of the best of Italian cinema to enjoy with lots of the dramatic, great comedy in the ‘laughing Italian style’ category, and some straight from Cannes with a family film for pre-teens about first loves. 

Opening night and the fabulous Zeccola family sashayed into town to welcome guests to what is a growing festival now that Palace Electric has become a premier location for this kind of event. And with  sponsorship from Enoteca Sileno wines to enjoy before and an after party to fill that unique foyer built with more kindling than in the entire Brindabellas this precinct has become party central for all film festivals.

And years ago when the young Antonio Zeccola gussied up the disused Noble Park Town Hall to show on weekends a film called Tammy, he was a teenager on the go determined and passionate about film and the magic it brought to a community.  I wonder if he envisaged this kind of success, not an overnight kind by any stretch of the imagination, but one that is now his family’s passion and for us cinematic pleasure.  
Check the program and buy tickets at www.italianfilmfestival.com.au